Why Russia is cheering on the Burkina Faso coup

Featured on BBC News

Burkina Faso


"In previous coups Russia has tried to position itself as an accidental beneficiary of regime changes," says Dr Ramanai from the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), a defence and security think-tank, and author of Russia in Africa. "This time around Russia is a lot more proactive in support for the coup, and that has led to speculation that Russia has played a co-ordinating role."